‘At Least 2.5 Million Pilgrims At Papal Mass in Poland’ Say Organisers

At least 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world attended mass with Pope Francis on Sunday on the final day of a global Catholic youth festival in Poland, organisers said. “We estimate between 2.5 and 3.0 million people,” 2016 World Youth Day spokesperson Anna Chmura told AFP of the numbers attending the event near the southern city of Krakow. Sky News reports: More than 1.5 million pilgrims have gathered in a vast meadow near Krakow for mass with Pope Francis. Hundreds of thousands of people camped out overnight in the field 13 miles from the Polish city ahead of the World Youth Day event. They turned up at the site the night before with folding chairs, sleeping bags, umbrellas and sun-hats. Francis waved to the crowds as he toured the site in his popemobile at the start of a ceremony on Sunday morning. Police said “over 1.5 million” people attended the event. On his way to the site, the Pope made a stop to bless two buildings run by the Catholic charity Caritas – one was built as a day centre for the elderly and the other is a storehouse for food for the needy. As he left the storehouse, he